If your children are active in sports in school or age group leagues, they are prone to injuries. Even injuries off the court or field can greatly affect their performance during the sports season. A specialist in pediatric sports medicine will ensure that their bodies are in peak shape and check for injuries or conditions that could affect their performance. The specialist's expertise focuses on any type of injury or medical problem associated with ligaments, muscles, bones, joints and tendons. Many schools will hire a pediatric sports specialist to evaluate and examine team members before, during and after the season.
This type of specialist will need four years of medical school at an accredited college or university and pediatric residency training before he or she can begin practicing medicine independently. Depending on the state and facility that specialists will be practicing in, a certain amount of practice experience may be required as well, along with a certification of qualification and up to two additional years of sports medicine fellowship training.
Specialists practice in a variety of places—some at schools and others on the field—but you can also follow up with them in routine appointments during the off-season at community hospitals, multispecialty group clinics, private practice clinics and university medical centers.